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Thirsty Thursday: Coney Island Iced Tea

Coney Island Iced Tea

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Long Island Iced Teas aren’t for the faint of heart. They aren’t for the faint of liver, either. Unless, that is, they come as masterfully balanced as Michael Chiarello’s. Starting with the usual suspects — light rum, vodka, gin, tequila and soda — Michael’s Coney Island Iced Tea rounds off each sip with sweet orange liqueur, tart lemon juice and fresh mint. Calling it refreshing would be a terrible understatement. Pour a glassful and you’ll see, before giving in to the temptation to have another.

Tea time just got pushed back a few hours, and for good reason.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Meatless Monday: Veggie Burgers

A million times better than beef: Kelsey Nixon's Stuffed Cheesy Portobello Burger.

The truth is, this blogger goes meatless every day, not just Monday. I have nothing against meat, or meat-eaters, but what I do have a problem with is frozen veggie burgers. They are a sorry excuse for a burger and getting handed a gray, faux-meat patty is just about the worst thing that can happen to a vegetarian at a picnic. I’d much rather eat a plateful of picnic sides than a pretend burger. But burgers are the quintessential picnic food, and sometimes, when everyone’s piling the toppings onto their toasted bun, I want in too. Vegetable patties come in all forms — they can be elaborate and include different grains, spices, vegetables and beans packed into a burger shape, or be as simple as throwing a portobello mushroom cap on the grill.

So for Meatless Monday, Labor Day and neglected vegetarians everywhere, here’s a round-up of our best-ever meat-free burgers. Make one this weekend — you (and your guests) will be glad you skipped the frozen aisle.

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Kentucky Derby Watch 2011: Mint Julep Madness

Frozen Mint Julep Recipe, Food2.com

Though not a classic prep, we love Food2's killer Frozen Mint Julep Recipe

Don’t put away your big hats just yet — The Kentucky Derby takes place this weekend and is sure to draw out plenty unique toppers. In honor of the race, we’re serving up our best mint julep recipes. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to do a taste test and find your favorite.

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Fondues (and Don’ts)

Easy Cheese Fondue

Do you fondue? Here’s how to:

Do: Host a fondue party. Fondue is great any time of year, but winter is an especially perfect time to gather friends to dip carbs into a hot pot of melted cheese.

Don’t: Feel pressure. If you’re new to fondue, maybe a party isn’t right for you. Bring a cheese or chocolate fondue to a party or serve with other snacks on a buffet.

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